Maharashtra Bandh Live News Updates: Uproar Over Bhima Koregaon Violence in Lok Sabha; Congress, BJP Blame Each Other
Mumbai, Jan 3: Dalit organisations have called for ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ to protest against the caste-based violence during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district. Angry Dalits staged rail and road blockades in Mumbai and carried out similar protests in different parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday. Following the call for a statewide strike, additional forces have been deployed in sensitive areas of the state. We will be giving live updates on ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ and protest across the state.
The violence erupted on Monday at an event to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima Koregaon in which the British Army comprising Dalits had defeated the Peshwas. A large section of Dalits views the historical battle as the defeat of the ‘casteism’ of upper-caste Peshwas. Alleging inaction by police, Dalit youths swooped onto the roads and blocked traffic movement in Chembur, Mankhurd, Ghatkopar and Bhandup. Scores of Dalit youth blocked the Harbor Line near Govandi and Chembur leading to disruption of local train services.
Other parts of Maharashtra, including Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Dhule, Beed, Nashik, Pune, Solapur, Thane and Palghar also witnessed similar protest and incidents of stone pelting. At least 25 buses of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, besides private luxury buses and other vehicles, were damaged in stone pelting by riotous mobs. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge and a CID investigation into the Koregaon-Bhima incident. Stay with us to catch live news updates on Maharashtra Bandh.